Students... please... Go kill your iphones.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by hcho3, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Why some of students taking notes in class with their iphones? Professors go crazy about it during the class. This just makes very uncomfortable to do anything in class. Please students... if you have iPhones and taking notes in class with your iphones.... Please stop.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Don't you think this would be best delivered in your class vs a forum.....
  3. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    How is this more disruptive than taking notes on a laptop or on paper...with a pen?
  5. uneek1 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2009
    I had a professor tell me to stop using my phone in class. I told him to go screw himself, I pay for this class, I can take notes however I like; and that was the end of that conversation.

    I did however get a D of the first test and had to drop the course :p
  6. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  7. chanerz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2010
  8. vong macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    wow your professor knew your name? normally all of my professors does not know the students that well unless its a small classroom / you talk to the professor a lot
  9. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    I'm surprised you made it into college with a childish attitude like that. If I was the professor I would have thrown you out of my class.
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Why? If you are paying for tuition and using your iphone to take notes, that is your right as long as it is not disruptive, which I can't imagine it would be
  11. DeBaryFL macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2010
    FWIW, I really don't see what is wrong with using an iPhone to take notes.

    However ... if a student had told me to go screw myself for WHATEVER reason when I was teaching medical and graduate students 30 years ago his/her sorry butt would have been out of the class and most probably out of school. Such disrespect wasn't tolerated then, at least where I worked. How times have changed -- for the worse!
  12. SteveKnobs macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Just get an iPad. They re great for taking notes, and more likely the professor will ask to see it then tell you to put it away :D.
  13. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    How clever you must feel.

    Presuming this is a real story and not some sophomoric attempt at humor...

    I have a different viewpoint as a lecturer. Paying to be a student (or having the taxpayer or mummy and daddy pay for you) gives you no right to be disrespectful and rude to any member of your university's staff (telling a professor 'to scr*w himself'). You are lucky your weren't in one of my lectures. I would have had you escorted from the lecture hall by security and then expelled from the institution altogether.

    On the other hand, as long as a given phone makes no sound that disturbs others (e.g., keyboard clicks on the iPhone are turned off), and provided notetaking in general doesn't interfere with the aims of the session, I see no problem with students using iPhones or any other form of technology to take notes.
  14. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Maybe the problem was the occasional scream of "Alright, high score!!!"

  15. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    I used my iPhone as the textbook in one of my business classes. My proff had an iPhone and he saw me using mine with the class textbook. He thought it was cool that it had it. Also, if anything... his phone disrupted the class more than any other students with phone calls :p
  16. applebook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2009
    But he was technically right, although I would've been far more tactful. He can use whatever he wants, so long as the phone is set to silent.
  17. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    I would have done the same. Don't put up with anyone's BS!
  18. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    I have to weigh in on this one...I've been a professor at a major University system for nearly the last 25 years.
    Personally, I don't care whether you use your iPhone or stone tablets to take notes (assuming, of course, that you can use the chisel without disturbing anyone else!). Just the fact that you want to take notes is good enough for me! iPhone for notes? Knock yourself out! I use mine the same way for many things.
    Having said that, I don't care whether you are a student paying for my services, a consumer of some other product or service, or a purveyor of the same. You have no inherent right to be rude and disrespectful to me REGARDLESS of whether you are paying my salary or not.
    When you go to a restaurant, do you say to your server, "Bring me my &*((#$ dinner you #($^&%*#!"?
    Sure, some profs behave like little tin gods and are jerks... welcome to life! That doesn't give you license to do the same.
    Just something to think about.
  19. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    As a grad student and a TA, I think the only thing that really matters is whether a student is disrupting the class.

    Doesn't matter whether a student's taking notes with an iPhone, an Android, an iPad, a laptop, or notebook, as long as it's quiet and non-disruptive.

    Though while I've had my share of professors I didn't like, telling one to go screw himself for any less reason than the professor acting unprofessional in a very big way... that's just disrespectful, out of line, and inexcusable.
  20. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    You'd be surprised. A lot of private colleges are seeing their endowments shrinking, and public colleges are seeing their budgets slashed, with hard limits put on tuition increases to make up for the shortfalls. The only way to even try to make up for the lack of cash is to raise enrollment, even if it means lowering standards for acceptance.

    So yeah, there's a LOT of people with this attitude in college now, and it's really annoying the rest of us who have to sit alongside them. :rolleyes:
  21. weirdlilwoman macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2010
    When I was taking classes, I had a professor explicitly say "PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES BEFORE CLASS." It was a standard rule. One day a young lady forgot, and her phone rang. However, that was not the end of it.

    She proceeded to answer the phone and have a conversation while the whole class stopped and waited for her to finish. She was on the phone for awhile - it was not like she said "Hey, can I call you back I'm in class". When she was done, the professor chastised her and proceeded to dismiss the whole class, forgoing the lecture for the day.

    I can understand forgetting to turn off your phone. But the fact that she answered the phone and proceeded to have a conversation with everyone else looking on and waiting was rude and disrespectful to the professor and the rest of the class.
  22. stuffradio macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    I'd probably have to laugh if that happened to me as a student.
  23. JonathanK81 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2006
    When I attended USC, my parents paid an arm and a leg for my tuition. They did whatever they could to send me there, I can't imagine how I'd ever disrespect a professor and thus basically disrespecting my family. We may pay tuition, but that never gives us any right to show a lack of respect to anyone, especially someone choosing to teach us.

    Personally, I felt if I spoke to a professor often enough to the point of them knowing who I was, it actually helped my education. Obviously, I don't mean to say I tried buttering-up the professors of mine, but I showed respect, spoke to them during their office hours, and in the end, I think that furthered my education. I just can't see myself ever saying anything rude or nasty to a professor. I just think that gets you nowhere in the end.

    I think with the way technology is going, notes on an iPhone are the way to go. If I was attending school now, I bet I'd see a lot of tablet laptops in classes, perhaps even some iPads, all being used for note-taking.
  24. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    ^^^ That covers it!
  25. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I pay for myself (albeit through student loans) and I feel a can take notes however I want. Lecturers have asked me to put my phone away but I point out that I'm using it for educational purposes (either note taking or using it to look up terms etc). They protest but I point out that I pay for the course and have the right to take notes as I see fit.

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